Former MI GOP lawmaker sentenced for accepting bribesPosted by On

A Detroit-area businessman has been sentenced to more than two years in federal prison for bribing the head of a Michigan marijuana licensing board.

GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. — A Detroit-area businessman who bribed the head of a Michigan marijuana licensing board was sentenced Thursday to more than two years in federal prison.

John Dalaly said he provided at least $68,200 in cash and other benefits to Rick Johnson, including two private flights to Canada.

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Johnson was chairman of the marijuana board for two years before the board was disbanded in 2019. The board reviewed and approved applications to grow and sell marijuana for medical purposes.

Dalaly, 71, had a stake in a company that was seeking a license. He paid Johnson’s wife over several months for help with the application process.

U.S. District Judge Jane Beckering sentenced Dalaly to 28 months in prison.

“John is proof that good men can make bad decisions,” defense attorney Ray Cassar said in a court filing.

Johnson was a powerful Republican lawmaker years ago, serving as House speaker from 2001 through 2004. He has admitted accepting at least $110,000 in bribes when he was on the marijuana board and is awaiting a sentence.

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